President Trump on Tuesday warned John McCain that he will “fight back and it won’t be pretty” after the Arizona senator questioned his patriotism and approach to foreign policy.
“People have to be careful because at some point I fight back. I’m being very, very nice but at some point I fight back and it won’t be pretty,” the commander-in-chief said in a radio interview with WMAL in Washington.
The 81-year-old McCain, who is battling brain cancer, criticized Trump at an event in Philadelphia in which the six-term Republican senator from Arizona received an award for a lifetime of service and sacrifice to the country.
“To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,” he said.
“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil.”
Pressed on Trump’s threat Tuesday, McCain told reporters “I have faced tougher adversaries” and then smiled.
Trump said in the radio interview that McCain voted against Republican efforts to kill Obamacare and that McCain’s vote was a “shocker.”
McCain and Trump have long been at odds. During the campaign, Trump suggested McCain was not a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam.